MS exploits are open when you install. XP was the worst offender, as I
can tell. The end user should decide what is open/on/off
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I bought a machine last month (Vista x64), asking the Clerk about
running AV tools.
He said too me: I run Sun Microsystems (OS) Then I said, your are not
I'm X years old, he said. "you sure don't "look it."
Ah yes- the Morris worm. I remember that. Somewhere, I have a five-inch
360k floppy of the usenet messages in real time describing the hunt and
the recommended cures. (back in the text era, you could fit a lot of
messages in 360k).
I used AVG free for years, but had trouble with it a few months ago (conflicted
with installation and use of turbo tax) and have switched to Avira's free
AntiVir Personal. If you are willing to see Avira's once-daily pop-up screen
that tries to get you to upgrade to their paid version, AntiVir seems to be less
of a burden on PC overhead than AVG. Also, it does a complete scan of my hard
drive in about 60% of the time that it used to take AVG. Although it lacks the
real time e-mail scanning feature of AVG, AntiVir's real-time guard would alarm
if I attempted to run any infected e-mail download.
I use a mechanical device instead of software. I was in the mens's room of
a bar and there was a vending machine selling a product "For the Prevention
of Disease". I bought one and slipped it over the modem and I've not had a
I'm also putting a couple on my hands to avoid the Swine Flu. Some people
snicker when they see them, but they work so far.
I have used both Norton and AVG...Both are OK but I perfer Norton because
it has anti-spyware built in and is all automatic...With AVG I had seperate
spyware and firewall software which was a pain...Had ONE problem with Norton
showing my subscription expired , which it wasn't , a while back and a nice
AMERICAN lady working out of her home fixed it using remote access while I
watched which was kinda cool...LOL ..Haven't noticed the slow down others
complain about but I do have a newer computer with a big hard drive...
This from another group, and tells how to disable the nag screen.
Avira. I liked it so much, I decided to pop for the registered
version. The newest version also has real-time malware protection.
There IS a "nag screen" in the free version (trying to "nag" you into
upgrading) but it can be disabled - along with the startup screen.
Thanks very much for the helpful reference. The methods specify how to disable
the execution of avnotify.exe. I believe that I've done this by an alternate
and easier method: e.g., by configuring the "Defense+" part of my COMODO
firewall program to "isolate" avnotify.exe from any execution. Indeed, it does
prevent the nag screen.
However, there is a very useful function of avnotify.exe which is also blocked.
When AntiVir alerts on a virus, an alert screen pops up with user choices.
Near the top of that screen is a link to the Avira web page describing the
specific offending code. With avnotify.exe running, that link is functional.
With avnotify.exe blocked from running, that link is dead.
I've decided to endure the nag screen for the convenience of being able to rapid
and easily learn about the item that has triggered the alert. Peter
Will the software Quarantine the virus, without a splash screen or
I mean to kill a splash screen, should not prevent the AV protection
from protecting and doing a quarantine of the virus.
Just that I would want to be notified. So far I haven't had real
viruses, just false alarms. A pity really, but I have deleted those
false alarm files. Example: A Eudora mailbox that hadn't changed in
years suddenly gets recognized as having a virus that supposedly was
already 3 years old. Impossible to locate the exact virus, so must have
been a false recognition. Since I didn't need those few email messages
anymore, I deleted it. But it was nice to get notified anyway.
I should remember how to report false alarms ...
It doesn't prevent AV protection or enable a quarantine. Sorry if I was not
clear. What I thought I said (and meant to say) was that disabling avnotify.exe
disables the convenient link on the AV notification pop-up screen that allows
for easy navigation directly to Avira's detailed information about the
offending code. It does not disable any of the detection, removal, or isolation
Han, I am a terrible student of foreign languages and as a teacher of English
as a second language to immigrants, I appreciate the frustration when you think
you are understanding something correctly. I suspect that the issue here is not
the ability to reason, just accurate translation. I'll use different words:
with avnotify.exe disabled, you still are notified by AntiVir if it detects
suspicious code. The alert screen pops up. The choices to fix, ignore,
quarantine, delete etc. still work. However, you lose the convenience of easily
finding out details about that code at Avira's web site by clicking on the link
that also appears in that pop-up screen. Peter
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